SHANE McEleney has left Derry City after five years at his hometown club to join St Patrick’s Athletic, less than three days before the close of the July transfer window.
The 24 year-old centre-half is the latest player to leave Foyleside this season following in the footsteps of Anthony Elding, Seanan Clucas, Shaun Kelly, Sean Houston and first team coach Marty McCann.
While there has been a definite cull of unwanted players by Derry boss Peter Hutton, he has himself been busy in the transfer market lately, bringing Mark Quigley, Rob Cornwall and Conor McCormack on board in the last fortnight.
McEleney, who is expected to complete his move to Richmond Park tomorrow (Thursday), was frozen out of the Derry team by former boss, Roddy Collins last year.
And when Hutton was appointed Derry boss, the Shantallow man was placed on the transfer list as part of cost-cutting measures last December but fought his way back into contention and has been one of the club’s top performers so far this season.
His brother Patrick has also been linked with a move to the Saints recently but Hutton insists his star playmaker is going nowhere.
Shane is expected to be a direct replacement for Sean Hoare is rumoured to be on his way from Inchicore.